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Looking for Richard -- Al Pacino has a documentary film crew follow him as he works on a production of Shakespeare's Richard III; conducting interviews with fellow actors and participating in dramatic scenes.


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Release Date:
11 October 1996 (USA) See more »
A four hundred year old work-in-progress.
Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III." Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Captivating Piece of Film See more (68 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Penelope Allen ... Herself / Queen Elizabeth
Gordon MacDonald ... Himself / Dorset
Madison Arnold ... Himself / Rivers

Vincent Angell ... Himself / Grey

Harris Yulin ... Himself / King Edward

Alec Baldwin ... Himself / Duke of Clarence

Al Pacino ... Himself / Richard III
Timmy Prairie ... Young Edward V
Landon Prairie ... Prince Richard

Kevin Conway ... Himself / Hastings

Larry Bryggman ... Himself / Lord Stanley

Kevin Spacey ... Himself / Earl of Buckingham

Estelle Parsons ... Margaret

Winona Ryder ... Lady Anne
Phil Parolisi ... Halberd / Messenger

Bruce MacVittie ... 1st Murderer

Paul Guilfoyle ... 2nd Murderer

Richard Cox ... Catesby
Julie Moret ... Mistress Shore
Frederic Kimball ... Bishop of Ely

Daniel von Bargen ... Ratcliffe (as Dan von Bargen)
James Colby ... Lovel
Ira Lewis ... Tyrell

Aidan Quinn ... Richmond

Neal Jones ... Messenger
Luke Toma ... Messenger

André Sogliuzzo ... Messenger
Marlon Pollick ... Soldier

F. Murray Abraham ... Himself
Hayley Barr ... Herself

Gil Bellows ... Himself
Don Berry ... Himself
Nicholas Berry ... Himself
Robin Berry ... Himself

Kate Burton ... Herself

Dominic Chianese ... Himself
Johann Carlo ... Herself
Joyce Ebert ... Herself

Paul Gleason ... Himself
Esther Gregory ... Herself

Clare Holman ... Herself
Linda Iannella Scott ... Herself
Elaine Kory ... Herself

Damien Leake ... Himself

Viveca Lindfors ... Herself

Judith Malina ... Herself

Michael Maloney ... Himself
Jaime Sánchez ... Himself
David Saltzman ... Himself
Linda Selman ... Herself

Ed Setrakian ... Himself
Kyle Smyth ... Himself
Heathcote Williams ... Himself

Kenneth Branagh ... Himself (Interview)

Kevin Kline ... Himself (Interview)

James Earl Jones ... Himself (Interview)

Rosemary Harris ... Herself (Interview)
Emrys Jones ... Himself (Interview)

Peter Brook ... Himself (Interview)
Barbara Everett ... Herself (Interview)

Derek Jacobi ... Himself (Interview)

John Gielgud ... Himself (Interview)

Vanessa Redgrave ... Herself (Interview)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Bulleit ... Lord Ellis (uncredited)

Timothy 'TJ' James Driscoll ... Richmond Soldier (uncredited)
Michael Hadge ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Al Pacino 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play "The Tragedy of Richard the Third")

Al Pacino (narration) &
Frederic Kimball (narration)

Produced by
James Bulleit .... line producer
Michael Hadge .... producer
Al Pacino .... producer
William Teitler .... executive producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Robert Leacock 
Film Editing by
William A. Anderson 
Ned Bastille 
Pasquale Buba 
Andre Ross Betz  (as Andre Betz)
Casting by
Alison E. McBryde 
Art Direction by
Kevin Ritter 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Aude Bronson-Howard 
Deborah Lynn Scott 
Makeup Department
John Caglione Jr. .... makeup department head
Lynn Campbell .... makeup artist
Sue Forrest Chambers .... makeup artist
Michael Laudati .... makeup artist
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist
Vera Mitchell .... hair stylist
Michael Moore .... hair stylist
James Post .... hair stylist
Alan E. Schubert .... hair stylist
Production Management
Zilla Clinton .... production manager
Dale Overton .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rick Lang .... first assistant director
Michael Newman .... second assistant director
Jon C. Scheide .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Felipe Borrero .... sound mixer
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Sean Huff .... assistant sound editor
Skip Lievsay .... sound effects supervisor
Marissa Littlefield .... adr editor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Bruce Pross .... foley artist
Fred Rosenberg .... supervising sound editor
Stuart Stanley .... foley artist
Philip Stockton .... sound editor
Steven Visscher .... foley artist
Nicholas Renbeck .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Carl Fullerton .... special effects
Christopher Gilman .... special effects (as Chris Gilman)
Paul Hained .... special effects
Visual Effects by
David Lingenfelser .... digital effects supervisor: Furious FX (digital restoration)
Sean O'Connor .... digital restoration supervisor: Furious FX
Tiffany Smith .... digital restoration producer: Furious FX
Amy W. Wong .... digital compositor (digital restoration)
Scott Dougherty .... visual effects executive producer: digital restoration, Furious FX (restored version) (uncredited)
Bob Wiatr .... digital effects compositor (uncredited)
Brian Burrows .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunt coordinator
Tom Elliott .... stunt double: Al Pacino
Gary Epper .... stunts
Gary Gery .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunts (as Cliff Happy)
Kim Kahana Jr. .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
David Walling .... stunts
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Bucher .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Armstrong .... Steadicam operator
Stephen C. Confer .... additional director of photography (as Steve Confer)
James J. Ferris .... electrician
Anthony Hardwick .... assistant camera
Nina Kellgren .... additional director of photography
Jon Kranhouse .... additional director of photography
Charles Libin .... gaffer
John Romeo .... assistant camera
Robert Ruiz .... first assistant camera
Robert Sands .... additional assistant camera
Lewis D. Wheeler .... additional camera operator
Paul Colangelo .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Miles Cook .... additional director of photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Tammy L. Smith .... extras casting: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rachelle Anthony .... costumer
Editorial Department
Kathy LaCommare .... assistant editor
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
John Mollura .... assistant editor
Mark Nakamine .... colorist (digital color correction)
Jeremy Strong .... editorial intern
Lateefah Torrence .... apprentice editor
Lewis D. Wheeler .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Robert Cotnoir .... music coordinator
Tod Holcomb .... music editor
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Howard Shore .... conductor
John Kurlander .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bryce Guy Williams .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Greg D'Angelo .... production assistant
Tracy Dillon .... production assistant
John DiRe .... title designer
Val Ericson .... wrangler
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Tim Judge .... executive assistant: Al Pacino
Tim Judge .... production coordinator
Barbara Kelly .... wrangler
Ralph Kelly .... wrangler
John Merriman .... betacam operator
Patrick Mignano .... location manager
Paul Reagan .... wrangler
Scott Sener .... utility soldier
Jakob Trollbeck .... title designer
Rudy Ugland .... wrangler
Cathy Ward .... production coordinator
Jason John Cicalese .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Carl Goldstein .... special thanks
John Hay .... special thanks
Ted Levine .... the producers wish to thank
Rick Nicita .... the producers wish to thank
Neil Spisak .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some scenes of violence
112 min | USA:111 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Crucial scenes of the film were actually shot on location in The Cloisters and the church of St. John The Devine.See more »
Factual errors: In discussion, Pacino and co. are studying the "*G* of Edward's heirs the murderer shall be," and decide, since it's supposed to refer to Clarence, that they'll change it to "'C" of Edward's heir's." The problem is, the prophecy very deliberately refers to Richard, Duke of GLOUCESTER and Clarence, Duke of GEORGE. With "G" the prophecy is true. If you change it to "C" the prophecy becomes false, and can no longer refer to two people.See more »
Vanessa Redgrave:In England you have had centuries when words are totally divorced from truth.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Richard III (2005)See more »


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31 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Captivating Piece of Film, 20 August 2000
Author: dksg from United States

After reading many of the previous reviews and commentaries, I'm beginning to wonder whether we all saw the same movie! I found the entire piece enriching, riveting, and suspenseful, and was immediately moved to call friends and family members to recommend it. The performances are remarkable: Pacino is intense, Ryder catches the "deer-in-the-headlights" feel of her character perfectly. Baldwin is restrained and beguiling, while Spacey delivers his usual flawless performance. Penelope Allen was astounding. The movie serves, not to deliver the entire work-- analyzed, explained, and discussed-- on a platter, but, rather, to whet our appetites and bring Shakespeare to modern classes, and I felt it succeeded in this admirably. It also showed the thought and preparation that goes into such a production. I particularly enjoyed watching the actors discuss various interpretations of particular scenes, imparting their own ideas and feelings, and often disagreeing with each other. While we are both generally "action movie" or suspense fans, we found ourselves completely drawn into the drama, both in the characters and in the actors, and-- even knowing, of course, the ending in advance-- found ourselves on the edge of our seats as the film neared its climax. My one complaint? I wish they had then gone on to film their entire version of Richard III to offer as a companion piece. An excellent way to indulge yourself in an exciting, well-performed piece of movie-making, and actually come away having learned a little bit. Highly recommended!

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